Toulouse Tips and Racecourse Guide
With 50 meetings each year, Toulouse Racecourse is a busy venue situated just 4km from France’s pink city.
Hosting flat racing, jumps and trotting, Toulouse has most bases covered and also puts on strong Arabian racing contests.
Toulouse has a panoramic restaurant that is open through the week, not just on racedays. Toulouse can host up to 2000 patrons and is one of very few floodlit turf courses in Europe.
Toulouse has a strong recent track record of throwing up good fillies and mares. Liliside ran there in 2009 for Francois Rohaut before finishing first past the post in the French 1000 Guineas. She later became the dam of Japanese champion Lys Gracieux.
More recently, Watch Me won the 2018 Criterium du Languedoc and then followed up in the 2019 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
2020 Criterium du Languedoc winner Belloccio failed to make the same impression at Royal Ascot but is held in high regard by David Menuisier.
Another captivating afternoon is in store for fans of French racing with three Listed contests at Toulouse and the great jumping mare L’Autonomie strutting her stuff at Auteuil in the Grade Two Prix Leon Rambaud.
I’m heading to Toulouse for my best bet of the afternoon and hope that Henri-Alex Pantall can be a lucky trainer for us once again after his Sasakia narrowly won a conditions race for this column a week ago.
2.32pm Prix de Borély – Prix Actu Toulouse
Jerome Reynier’s Tour d’Echelle is looking for her handicap win having finished in the runner-up berth on her last two starts in this company, including over this C&D. At 5/2 she is priced fairly though and there is one that I like at a longer price.
Rosa Parks, Hedwig and Beyond My Dreams have all recently been penalised between 2kg and 3kg respectively for recent handicap wins and at the other end of the ratings band I think it’s worth giving a chance to once who is plummeting in the weights.
Henri-Alex Pantall’s Forza Capitano has dropped 7kg in the ratings in the past 12 months and has hinted at a return to form. The seven-year-old gelding is no doubt regressing but was a huge eye-catcher over this C&D at the start of this month, beaten under a length despite encountering all sorts of trouble in the home straight.
Drawn wider today, if he is ahead of his mark I hope his new pilot Mickael Barzalona will be able to come with a run down the middle of the course.
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Toulouse Top Trainers (2020)
1. Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte 9 wins (26%)
2. Thomas Fourcy 9 wins (20%)
3. Didier Guillemin 8 wins (14%)
4. Christophe Ferland 6 wins (19%)
5. Philippe Sogorb 6 wins (15%)
1. Guillaume Macaire 14 wins (41%)
2. Francois Nicolle 10 wins (29%)
3. Donatien Sourdeau de Beauregard 2 wins (25%)
4. Jacques Ortet 2 wins (11%)
5. Arnaud Chaille-Chaille 1 win (6%)
Toulouse Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Julien Auge 11 wins (17%)
2. Ioritz Mendizibal 10 wins (17%)
3. Guillaume Guedj-Gay 10 wins (14%)
4. Adeline Merou 7 wins (23%)
5. Jean-Bernard Eyquem 6 wins (19%)
1. Charlotte Pritchard 5 wins (71%)
2. Angelo Zuliani 3 wins (38%)
3. Johnny Charron 3 wins (28%)
4. Kilian Dubourg 2 wins (67%))
5. James Reveley 2 wins (50%)
How to get there
Take Line A to Arenes station, then it is a 15 minute walk.
Take Lines T1 or T2 to Zenith stop, then it is a 9 minute walk.
Take Lines 67, L2 or L3 to the Hippodrome stop, then it is a 7 minute walk (surprisingly!).
The racecourse is well-located for Blagnac airport, which has flights to the UK. It is 15 minutes by taxi between the airport and the course.
Toulouse Top Races
Listed Prix Aymeri De Mauleon
Listed Prix Caravelle – Haras Des Granges
Listed Derby Du Languedoc
Listed Le Vase D’Argent
Listed Criterium du Languedoc
Grand Steeple-Chase de Toulouse
Toulouse Tips Archives
Jerome Reynier is the man in form in France at present, with an incredible 15 of his last 28 runners hitting the target. He has two on the card at Toulouse today, with Tounsivator worth backing in the 1m4f handicap. The form of his fourth-place finishes at Salon...
We backed Aiche De Bretel when she finished runner-up to a stablemate at Toulouse last time, but she returns to the track a very warm order today and at a bigger price, I'll take her on with Rely On Me Man. The Francois Rohaut team have been slow to find their form...
The 1m2.5f class 3 at Toulouse looks a really winnable race and Baikal should take full advantage today. He was progressing nicely in 2021 prior to an issue which saw him off the track between April 2021 and February this year, and following a quiet comeback run at...
A couple of maidens on the card at Toulouse today and our bet comes in the fillies' contest (5.45pm), with Aiche De Bretel making plenty of appeal. Aiche De Bretel made a really promising debut at Pau early last month. One of the slowest away, she was hampered early...
The card with the final Group race of the French season kicks off with a mile Listed for two-year-olds. The Critérium du Languedoc carries a fair pot for those who either target the race, such as David Menuisier with Belloccio last year, or for connections of...
This morning Philippe Sogorb's Ninth Titan takes a step down in class and stretches out to 12 furlongs for the first time in the Listed Derby du Languedoc at Toulouse. Although the Wootton Bassett colt floundered at the top of the home straight in the Prix du Jockey...
Two bets on the morning card at Toulouse, starting with Buzzing in the Class 1 (10.20am). The Christophe Ferland-trained son of Iffraaj readily accounted for a weak field on his debut at Pau at the end of January, but there was plenty to like about the manner in which...
A cracking card at Toulouse today, which finishes with three Listed races, in which Jean-Claude Rouget has all three favourites. Having put up a Jerome Reynier-trained winner at Nancy yesterday, I'm hoping the Marseille-based trainer can do us another favour today,...
The 1m2.5f maiden at Toulouse (11.50am) won't take a great deal of winning and at the prices, Temps Fantastique looks a standout bet. The daughter of Camelot showed a nice level of ability to finish a very close second on debut at Le Mans in November, which was a very...
A big field for the 1m1f claimer at Compiegne, but not that many that can be seriously fancied and at the prices, I like the chances of Phuket Paradise. Trained by the excellent Henk Grewe, he won two valuable sales races in Germany last summer, beating some useful...